Past Events

Latin conversation lives in Rome

 

Several people spoke in Latin at the Collegio Sant’Anselmo during the presentation of the volume: Ossium Carnes Multae e Marci Tullii Ciceronis epistulis: The Bones’ Meats Abundant from the epistles of Marcus Tullius Cicero by Fr Reginaldus Thomas Foster, OCD (1939-2020) and  Fr Daniel Patricius McCarthy, OSB.

Fr Reginald had recorded a 10 minute presentation of the volume given in Latin well before his death this past Christmas. He also presented the volume in English in a five-minute video recording, both made with Fr. Daniel and viewed during the book presentation on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at Sant’Anselmo.

Fr Antonio Salvi, OFMCap, former head of the Office of Latin Letters in the Vatican Secretariat of State, spoke personally about Fr Reginald in Italian and then again in Latin about his method of teaching the Latin language. 

Mons. Waldemar Turek, currently of the Vatican Secretariat of State, spoke at length in Latin, as he always spoke with Fr Reginald in the office. His lively conversational Latin touched on the ways in which Reginald was always eager to help others patiently and joyfully to improve or further develop their own Latin compositions and understanding. 


Archbishop Arthur Roche, then Secretary, now Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, spoke in Latin, drawing upon his language of instruction in the first years of his studies. You may read his address available at this link while listening to it in the video beginning at minute 39.11. 

The event was opened and concluded by Fr Bernhard Eckerstorfer, OSB, Rector of the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo, who spoke both in Italian and English.



Fr Daniel McCarthy OSB, co-author of the volume, presented in English a slideshow about the different parts of the book.

coverThe volume features manuscript images of the Letters of Cicero from 9th and the 14th centuries reproduced courtesy of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence and presented on facing pages with contemporary critical editions of the letters. The Latin text of 51 letters written by Cicero to relatives and close associates are presented with translations of the letters rendered by the co-authors. Commentaries detail how Cicero expressed himself in Latin and include presentations of the structure of selected sentences and their timelines. Cross-referencing provides easy access to  fuller explanations of how the Latin language functions given in the first volume of the series, and Indices of the cross-references provide extensive examples of each element of the Latin language to be found in these letters.



In attendance both in person and online were students of the Pontifical Liturgy Institute and of the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo, administrators, professors and Latin enthusiasts far and wide.

Book presentation - video

[Note: the problem with the audio is quickly resolved.]


00.00
Introduction by Fr Bernhard Eckerstorfer, OSB, Rector of the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo.
04.20 personal comments about Reginald given by Fr Antonio Salvi, OFMCap, given in Italian.

09.40 personal comments about Reginald given by Mons. Waldemar Turek, given in Latin.
14.20 Reginald’s method of teaching Latin, given in Latin by Fr Antonio Salvi, OFMCap.
17.20 Presentation of the volume by Fr Daniel McCarthy, OSB, co-author, in English.
22.43 Presentation of the volume by Fr Reginald Foster, OCD,  given in English.
27.40 Presentation of the volume by Fr Reginald Foster, OCD, given in Latin
39.11 Latin address of The Right Revd Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
42.40 Conclusion by Fr Bernhard Eckerstorfer, OSB, Rector of the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo.